Family Resources

At Best Friends, our families are our strength.  We are proud to include services to families as a part of our programs.  Please check this page often for educational opportunities, fun community events for your family, resources to help during times of need and ways to enjoy every stage of life with your kids. Is there something you need that’s not addressed here?  Our program managers might be able to help.  Please let us know if there’s a resource not listed by contacting us!   

 

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holiday resources

Are unexpected expenses making it difficult to provide for the holidays this year?  If you are a family with a child in one of the Best Friends mentoring programs, we may be able to help.  Information on referrals to the Neenah-Menasha Christmas Giving Program and Appleton Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program will be available in the October “Best Friends Family Information” email.  Please watch your email for more information.


Trainings/Workshops

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Free Youth mental health first aid training
nami fox valley, 211 E franklin St, appleton
september 14 and 21, 8am-noon

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training program that teaches participants how to help youth in crisis. This certification course is designed for professionals who work with young people and is no charge to participants. Learn a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for youth. You can register at www.namifoxvalley.org

 
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free positive behavior intervention and supports training (pbis)
best friends of Neenah-menasha, 181 e north water st, neenah
lower level conference room
wednesday, september 19, 6-7pm

Charles (Chip) Kintopf, Menasha Joint School District will present Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) which is a set of ideas and tools that schools use to improve the behavior of students. PBIS emphasizes preventing problem behaviors before they happen to increase the opportunity for students to learn by keeping them in the classroom.  The same strategies can work with your child at home.  Come find out how PBIS can help with your child’s behavior at school and at home! RSVP to lisa@bestfriendsnm.org or by calling 920-729-5600.

 
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free parenting class: positive discipline-golden rule to make a happy home
free food served and drawing for gas gift cards!
best friends of Neenah-menasha, 181 e north water st, neenah
lower level conference room
thursday, october 4, 10-11:30am

Positive discipline involves parenting in a warm, kind and respectful way with fair, firm boundaries, and relevant, reasonable consequences. We will discuss immediate things parents can do to end power struggles, how to set up realistic consequences, what to do when consequences don’t work, and how to use reward and praise systems.

 
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free cyberbullying and internet safety training
free food served
best friends of neenah-menasha, 181 e north water st, neenah
lower level conference room
thursday, october 18, 6-7pm

Cyberbullying & Internet Safety: Learn the facts about electronic bullying pre-teens & teens face day to day.  Discover the good, the bad and the ugly with the web. The reality of why sexting IS a big problem, not a little issue and how to be safe in the e-mail world. Tony Neumann, Manager of Information Technology Division of the City of Oshkosh since 2005 will be presenting.  This workshop is hosted by Best Friends of Neenah- Menasha and Outagamie County Mentoring. RSVP by October 15 to lisa@bestfriendsnm.org or 920-729-5600.

 

Fun Activities

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free craft night for teens and tweens
menasha public library, 440 1st st, Menasha
wednesday, september 19, 6:30pm

Why use a frame for just one photograph when you can make it display lots of them?  Create a one-of-a-kind personalized picture frame. Display special pictures with notes or quotes by hanging them all in a frame to display multiple things you love.  These make great gifts, too. Registration is required.  Stop in at the Reference Desk or call 920.967.3690.

 
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book sale - free day
neenah public library, 240 e wisconsin ave, neenah
monday, september 24, 9:30am-9:00pm

Friends of the Neenah Library Book Sale. All remaining items FREE from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.